Reframing enterprise architecture
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Reframing enterprise architecture

How and why to expand EA scope beyond IT

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores why we need to expand enterprise-architecture from its IT-centric roots into a true whole-of-enterprise scope and scale, and how to do this in architecture-practice.

This book includes about 40 posts and 95 images from the weblog. These posts are split into six groups:

  • Selling EA - describes how to present to potential clients the full role and value of enterprise-architecture.
  • Saving EA - provides a structured review of challenges and failure-points that limit the use of mainstream enterprise-architectures beyond IT.
  • Reframing EA - explores practices and themes that would need to be addressed in a whole-of-enterprise architecture.
  • The No-Plan Plan - presents a summary of content required for whole-enterprise architecture.
  • Whole-EA Standard - outlines the structure and content for a proposed standard for whole-enterprise architecture.
  • The Big-Picture - assesses what would be needed to extend whole-enterprise architecture to a fully global scope and scale.
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Tom Graves
Tom Graves

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than four decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including small-business, banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in whole-enterprise architectures for non-profit, social, government and commercial enterprises.

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Table of Contents

  • Selling EA - 1: What do EA clients want?
    • What’s the problem?
    • What do EA clients want?
  • Selling EA - 2: The value-proposition
  • Selling EA - 3: What and how
  • Selling EA - 4: Proving value, and pricing
    • What’s the value?
  • Saving enterprise-architecture from itself - 1: Introduction
    • A practical example
  • Saving enterprise-architecture from itself - 2: Personal background
    • Who the heck am I to talk?
    • Two EA gigs…
    • …and an EA disaster
  • Saving enterprise-architecture from itself - 3: Skills and certification
  • Saving enterprise-architecture from itself - 4: Responsibility
  • Saving enterprise-architecture from itself - 5: What next?
  • A kind of manifesto
    • Timescales
  • Reframing the way I work
  • Confirming the direction
  • Enterprise-architecture - it’s about (much) more than just IT
  • IT - it’s about (much) more than just ‘digital-stuff’
  • Digital-transformation - it’s about (much) more than just digital
  • Making plans, sort-of
  • More on the ‘no-plan Plan’
  • The no-plan Plan: the ‘why’ of architecture
  • The no-plan Plan: architecture as story
  • The no-plan Plan: architecture for change
  • The no-plan Plan: architecture-dynamics
  • The no-plan Plan: people in architecture
  • The no-plan ‘Plan’ for whole-enterprise architecture – a summary
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 1: Introduction
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 2: Core
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 3: Method
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 4: Content
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 5: Practices and toolsets
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - 6: Training
    • Rationale
    • Application
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - Worked-example
    • Phase 1: Purpose, ‘Why?’
    • Phase 2: People, ‘Who?’
    • Phase 3: Preparation, ‘How?’
    • Phase 4: Process, ‘What? Where? When?’
    • Phase 5: Performance, ‘Success’
    • …and moving on
  • Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard - Summary
  • Methods for whole-enterprise architecture - Keep it simple
  • A post-truth era?
  • A post-jobs era?
  • A post-rights era?
  • The Really Big Picture for enterprise-architecture
  • Looking at the big picture
  • The gift of a world
  • RBP-EA: From ‘Really Big Picture’ into real-world practice
    • A bit of background
    • The Really Big Picture
    • Putting this into practice

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